• Many various forms of therapy are discussed in the text (Behavioral, Cognitive, Multimodal, Family, Biomedical, Group, etc.). It is often said that for any treatment to be helpful, one must have confidence in that treatment and/or the therapy process that is being provided.  Examine the following:
  • Should a time arise when a personal decision is needed to pursue therapy, which type of therapy do you believe would be the most helpful? Choose from the therapies discussed in the text or add a therapy concept of your own. 
  • Discuss the factors that make this therapy relevant to you.    
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    The nature of the question is an individual one.  Therapy is a reality that the individual must embrace on their own.  The individual has to make decisions as to whether they are willing to commit to make therapy work and, if so, which therapeutic approach best serves their needs. The embrace of a particular therapy is going to be dependent on a variety of circumstances.  There can not be one blanket answer for it.  For example, a specific set of conditions that an individual experiences might prompt them to embrace the cognitive- behavioral therapy approach if they sought to examine behavior changing techniques.  Another situation might compel the individual to embrace a family therapy dynamic if this approach works with the particular group.  Individuals have to examine their particular context and situation in order to determine which approach would best work for them.  It is in this regard where the psychotherapist would be able to examine which "tool" best works for the job at hand. The mind and its psychological dimensions are complex and far from standardized. Therefore, individual distillation of the particular therapeutic approach that best works and is most effective for the specific context is vitally important.  This is the critical element that governs which therapy would best work in a particular situation.

    The factors that make therapy relevant are going to be elements that directly impact the individual.  Therapy's relevance has to be dependent on what is being sought.  The individual has to work with the trained professional to identify goals and purpose of embracing therapy.  These become the benchmarks as well as the factors that inspire the embrace of therapeutic ends.  Part of this would also reside in the level of challenge that the individual is experiencing. A condition in which self- harm or immediate harm to others is evident might require a more stringent and demanding psychological approach.  This is dependent on how the individual is perceiving reality as well as the trained professional's understanding of such a condition.

    One specific factor that guides this decision is which therapy restores and/ or validates voice.  Part of the reason why individuals would necessitate some approach to therapy is because of the diminishing of voice.  The individual feels that their voice has been silenced and removed. Therapy is embraced on the grounds that it can restore voice and the sense of balance that the individual needs in order to establish some semblance of psychological well- being.  The need to validate voice becomes one of the most important guiding factors in the choice of therapy and its approach.  This makes therapy relevant because voice being restored and being activated helps to bring relevance to the individual's, their world, and their place in it.

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